Bobby Lee Hines (TX prison photo)
HUNTSVILLE (October 24, 2012)--Convicted killer Bobby Lee Hines was executed just after 6 p.m. Wednesday in Huntsville for strangling and repeatedly stabbing a suburban Dallas woman at her apartment 21 years ago.
Hines, 40, was 19 and on probation for burglary when he stabbed Michelle Wendy Haupt, 26, eighteen times and strangled her with a cord in October 1991.
She was found dead on the floor of her apartment in Carrollton, just north of Dallas.
Haupt had moved from the Pittsburgh area to Carrollton to work at a computer company in Dallas, and Hines was staying next door with a maintenance man for the apartment complex.
Haupt’s blood was on Hines’ clothing, and he was found with several items from her apartment including a distinctive gold charm she wore.
Four packs of cigarettes and a bowl of pennies were also taken from Haupt's apartment.
Hines' execution was the 11th this year in Texas.
Hines’ family and friends tried to stop the punishment with a late federal civil rights appeal, but it was dismissed Wednesday by judge in Houston.